Miss Universe 2018: Two judges in all-women panel are Filipinos

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 13) — Women rule the 67th Miss Universe.

Aside from the 94 stunning candidates, the selection committee will be comprised of 7 equally beautiful and accomplished women — two of them proud Filipinos.

Filipino-American fashion designer Monique Lhuillier and architect-businesswoman Richelle Singson-Michael join the set of judges who will help crown the next Miss Universe queen.

Los Angeles-based Lhuillier, who was born and raised in Cebu, has dressed prominent celebrities and political figures such as Angeline Jolie, Sandra Bullock, Anna Kendrick, Taylor Swift, Reese Witherspoon, Drew Barrymore, and first ladies Michelle Obama and Melania Trump, among others.

Singson-Michael is the daughter of former Ilocos Sur Governor Chavit Singson. She helped her father when their company was the local partner of the 65th Miss Universe competition, which was held in the Philippines in 2017. She is also the chairperson of her father's company, LCS Group of Companies.

Aside from Lhuillier and Singson-Michael, Miss Universe 1992 Michelle McLean, Miss Universe 1988 Bui Simon, scientist and former beauty queen Iman Oubou, award-winning entrepreneur Lili Gil Valletta, and beauty queen-turned-activist Janaye Ingram complete the first ever all-female selection committee.

They will judge the Miss Universe candidates, including Philippine pride Catriona Gray, during the preliminary competition on Thursday and coronation night on December 17 in Bangkok, Thailand.